Humanitarian Admission Programme Open For Applications

Posted On: May 14, 2018

The Humanitarian Admission Programme (IHAP) will provide an opportunity to Irish citizens, persons with Convention refugee status, subsidiary protection status, and programme refugee status, who have immediate eligible family members  to propose to the Minister for these family members to join them in Ireland.

The proposed beneficiaries must be nationals of one of the following ten countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Myanmar, Eritrea, and Burundi.

The list of eligible countries is based on the UNHCR Annual Global Trend Reports which lists the top ten major source countries of refugees. This list is subject to change.

Eligible Categories of Beneficiaries under IHAP

  • Adult Child (who must be unmarried and without dependants)
  • Minor Child (where the Minor Child is not eligible for reunification with a sponsor under the terms of the International Protection Act 2015. The Minor Child must be unmarried and without dependants)
  • Parent (where not eligible for reunification with a sponsor under the terms of the International Protection Act 2015)
  • Grandparent
  • A Minor Child for whom the Proposer has parental responsibility* (e.g. Orphaned Niece/Nephew/Grandchild, Sibling)
  • A vulnerable close family member for whom the proposer is the primary caregiver and who is not part of another family unit.
  • The proposer’s spouse or civil partner as recognised under Irish law (where not eligible for reunification with a sponsor under the terms of the International Protection Act 2015) or the proposer’s de facto partner**

* Orphaned Niece/Nephew/Grandchild, Sibling. In certain circumstances, where a proposer does not have sole parental responsibility, the consent of the person that shares responsibility will be required.

** May be granted to both opposite and same sex partners who have been together in a relationship similar to marriage or civil partnership, and have a mutual commitment to a shared life together to the exclusion of all others. The proposer must be in a position to provide sufficient evidence of a durable relationship.

Priority will be given to people who can accommodate their proposed beneficiaries.

Download the application form.

If your family member is eligible for consideration for the programme, please complete the form and return it with all required documents by post to:

IHAP Applications
PO Box 12953
Dublin 2

Visit the INIS website for further information and FAQ or if you need assistance with completing the form, please contact our Drop-In Centre on 01-7645854